The Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy is dedicated to building secure, sustainable, and ethical supply chains for electric vehicle batteries in North America.
To create these supply chains, both domestically and with our allies, the Center advocates for:
- Securing responsible supply chains for critical minerals and materials necessary for the transportation, energy, and technology innovations of the future.
- Establishing a new social compact for responsible mineral production and processing both at home and among our allies.
- Promoting a thriving critical minerals-based economy within the United States for transportation, energy, and technology industries reliant upon critical minerals, including establishing marketplace for ethically and sustainably sourced goods.
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Minerals Center Team
Vice President and Director, Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
Abigail Wulf is the Director of the Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy at SAFE. Abigail brings broad Earth science expertise to the Center, from researching rare earth- and lithium-rich pegmatites to working with NASA researchers to convey the connections between Earth’s component systems. She previously served as Senior Science Communicator for Research within NASA’s Earth Science Division. She also served as Policy Manager for the American Geosciences Institute, a nonpartisan federation of more than 50 professional scientific societies. While at AGI, Abigail co-led the Minerals Science and Information Coalition, a broad-based alliance of organizations representing all stages of the critical minerals supply chain.
Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
Danielle Woodring is the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs of the Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy at SAFE. Danielle brings real-world geological and science policy expertise to the Center. After obtaining her Master of Science in structural geology and geological mapping, Danielle worked as a geologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Prior to her master’s research, she served as a Policy Associate for the American Geosciences Institute and worked for the American Geophysical Union. Her multi-faceted career provides her with insights into the science and policies informing all aspects of the critical minerals supply chain, from discovery and extraction to development and manufacturing.
Senior Policy Analyst
Director of International Affairs and Partnerships
In April 2023 Abigail Hunter became Director of International Affairs and Partnerships, a new position within the SAFE Center for Critical Mineral Strategy. Previously, Hunter led federal government affairs for nearly three years as the senior attaché in Washington, D.C., for Quebec, Canada’s most mineral-rich province. In Hunter’s new role she will sustain existing SAFE partnerships and develop new ones to reduce – in a sustainable and ethical way – the free world’s critical mineral dependencies on the People’s Republic of China and other Foreign Entities of Concern. Hunter’s association with SAFE began as a student fellow in October 2022, when she began providing writing and research support to the SAFE Center for Strategic Industrial Materials, leading to C-SIM’s seminal report on aluminum supply challenges published in February.
Before joining Quebec’s DC office in 2020, she led international programs for the U.S. National Governors Association, where her portfolio included trade negotiations and overseas missions. Hunter is completing a Masters in Sustainable Energy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her paper on North American grid connections was published by JHU’s Initiative for Sustainable Energy.